Elonex eTouch 1000ET review

Can this Android powered tablet threaten the dominance of the iPad?

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Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1024 x 600

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  • Price
  • Good virtual keyboard
  • Android OS
  • Lightweight


  • Battery life
  • Hazy screen
  • Touchscreen a little buggy
  • No 3G
  • No multi-touch

The eTouch 1000ET is UK-based Elonex's first 10.1-inch Android tablet and, although it can't match the quality of other tablets on the market, it makes a good choice for those on a budget who are simply after a web browsing and multimedia experience.

The chassis is built from plastic, and isn't as well put together as we would have liked. We could see the inner workings of the device through a gap between the panel and main chassis, and suspect this isn't a machine you would want to travel with for long periods of time, as it looks like it could break easily.

The tablet only weighs 685g, and is absolutely no problem to carry around for hours at a time. Having said that, the 188-minute battery life isn't ideal and plummets when you switch the Wi-Fi on.

Hazy images

The 10.1-inch screen offers decent enough colour reproduction, but the 1024 x 600-pixel resolution produces disappointingly hazy images. Nevertheless, the panel is vibrant enough and certainly sufficient for viewing photos and movies.

A very shiny screen coating is implemented, meaning you'll be constantly shifting the tablet around to avoid irritating reflections in bright light.

The tablet runs a recent version of Google's Android operating system (2.1) which is impressive for the price. You will be able to take advantage of all the open source operating system has to offer, and we found it very intuitive to use – especially when it came to browsing the internet.

The tablet is designed for those who want to sit on the sofa and browse the internet, look at their photos or watch a movie – and regardless of its other flaws, it accomplishes this well.

There's no 3G chip in the tablet, so you will have to connect to the web via Wi-Fi. In good reception we found the internet surprisingly fast to browse, but the screen lacks multi-touch functionality, meaning the experience isn't as intuitive as it could be – but it's still impressive for the price.

In general, we found navigating the device a little stilted, despite the use of a suitably powerful 1GHz ARM processor, and quite often the screen misread our actions, which became frustrating.

Having said that, typing using the virtual keyboard was a pleasure and the large screen allows for a sizeable board to work with. As a result, inputting web addresses, typing emails and memos is easy.

Although sceptical at first, it's important to see the eTouch 1000ET for what it is, and while the build quality, battery life and some aspects of usability leave quite a bit to be desired, at this price it is hard to complain.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity2 GB
Processor ManufacturerARM
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Maximum Battery Run Time3 Hour
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyeTouch
Operating System PlatformAndroid
Operating SystemAndroid 2.2 Froyo
Brand NameElonex
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1 GHz
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Screen Resolution1024 x 600
Standard Memory256 MB
Weight (Approximate)695 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Memory Card ReaderYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g
Height16 mm
Width270 mm
Depth179 mm
Screen ModeWSVGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product Model1000ET
Product NameeTouch 1000ET Tablet Computer
Product LineeTouch
Aspect Ratio128:75
Manufacturer Part Number1000ET
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.elonex.co.uk/
Marketing Information


Facebook, Twitter & Android appyness!

Stylish and lightweight, you can take your eTouch anywhere to wirelessly jump on the internet, send an eMail or play music, movies and apps. Perfect for watching a movie, keeping on top of your social networking or just surfing the web.

Join the Android Revolution

The stylish looking eTouch tablet welcomes the new era of personal computing. Its handy tablet format means you use the eTouch inside your personal space delivering an awesome immersive experience, and lets you navigate around with a simple flick of your fingers. Ultra thin and lightweight you can take your eTouch anywhere to wirelessly jump on the internet, send an eMail or play music, movies and apps. Perfect for keeping in contact with the office, keeping on top of your social networking or just surfing the web.

Package Contents
  • eTouch 1000ET Tablet Computer
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter